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How Opioids Reprogram the Brain

The chemical properties of narcotics, along with chemical changes that occur in the brain and body when under the influence, is what leads to physical and psychological addiction. The cravings that lead the user to ingest more of these substances leads to long-term usage, while a persistent exposure to opioids in turn makes addiction all the more insidious, and recovery all the more difficult. There have been many studies that have revealed outcomes that suggest that continued exposure to opioids contributes to long-term changes to the user’s brain. These changes are on the “epigenetic” level, which are environmental influences onto one’s genetic activity and expression. The changes that occur reprogram…

Examining the Cycle of Opioid Treatment

For those without firsthand understanding of opioid use disorder, the evolution of the situation seems to take a predictable pattern. Opioid use, either medicinal or recreational, becomes a dependency issue, which usurps a portion of the individual’s life and his or her family’s life. Then comes an intervention; next comes detoxification and rehabilitation; and then comes recovery. On the surface this looks like a linear narrative, but the statistical truth of the matter is that opioid use is a cyclical situation. Individuals often require repeated detoxification attempts, and after each of these sessions comes a time of increased chance of accidental overdose—a risk of mortality that is 24 times greater…

Facts and Figures on Substance Use Disorder, Globally, Nationally and Locally

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association offers substance use and mental health data by state, region or metropolitan area as well as other reports. National Institute on Drug Abuse Learn about the science of drug use and addiction and national trends and statistics. World Health Organization Learn about the prevalence of drug and alcohol use worldwide. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Read the latest data on health behaviors in the United States, including alcohol and drug use.

Is Addiction a Chronic Brain Disease?

Addiction as a chronic brain disease continues to be debated, but a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine asserts that neuroscience supports addiction as a chronic brain disease. Not everyone views addiction as a chronic brain disease. Marc Lewis, Ph.D., neuroscientist and former addict, declares in his book, “The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease,” that addiction is the “neural circuitry of desire” and the “detrimental result of habitual behaviors”. Read an interview at The Fix. In our white paper “Confronting the Crisis of Opioid Addiction”, Beacon takes the view that addiction is a chronic brain disease that is best treated by a chronic…

管理された物質使用障害治療のベストプラクティス

ビーコンでは、物質使用からの回復が可能であるだけでなく、それが期待されています。マネージドケアで30年以上の経験を持つ私たちは、依存症の固有の課題を理解し、物質使用障害を特定して治療し、個人が長期的な回復を達成および維持するのに役立つ適切なツールとリソースを提供します。ビーコンの物質使用障害ケア管理の実証済みモデルは、7つのコア機能に依存しています。1。高品質の継続的なケアの開発と管理メンバーが適切な種類のサポートを受け、変動する強度に対応できるように、継続的なケアを維持しますニーズ。私たちの全国的なネットワークはすべての州にまたがり、すべてのレベルのケアを網羅しています…